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According to the Center for Disease Control, at least 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries (“TBI’s”) occur in the United States every year. Traumatic brain injuries are a contributing factor in 30 percent of all injury-related deaths in the United States. About 75% of TBI’s are the result of concussions or other forms of mild TBI.
The causes of TBI are not surprising:
|Motor vehicle accidents*||17.3%|
|Being hit (non-assault)*||16.5%|
|Unknown / other causes||21.0%|
*Among all age groups, motor vehicle crashes and traffic-related incidents are the leading cause of TBI-related deaths (31.8%).
Serious brain trauma often occurs with a sharp, direct blow to the head if the impact bruises the brain and damages its internal tissues and blood vessels. The seriousness of a head or brain injury can be anywhere from a mild concussion to a severe injury causing coma or even death. In a closed head brain injury, no break in the skull occurs but the injury can be severe because the brain slams against the sides of the skull, tearing the internal lining, nerves, tissues, or blood vessels. These types of injuries often result in subdural hematomas, sub-arachnoid bleeds and epidural bleeds. A penetrating or open head injury involves injury where the skull is broken.
The sudden and profound injury the brain sustains at the time of the accident is called the primary brain injury. It can be followed by secondary brain injury, a cascade of cellular, chemical, tissue, or blood vessel changes that evolve in the hours to days after the accident. These changes can further destroy brain tissue.
If you or a member of your family has suffered this kind of harm, a traumatic brain injury lawyer can help by investigating the cause of the injury, gathering the medical expenses, and making a claim on the negligent party’s insurance company.
Contact Kenney & Henchen, we can help.
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